Ashley is the only openly LGBTQ woman in the Missouri General Assembly
Ashley Bland Manlove was born and raised in urban Kansas City, MO. Although raised in a two-parent home, one of her major and most consistent influences was being in the presence of strong women, particularly her grandmother, former Senator Mary Groves Bland.
Since her youth, summer months were spent working actively in voter registration drives, knocking on doors, encouraging adults to vote, and various election activities. This was integral to learning how to become effectively engaged in her community.
2010 saw her acceptance into the Army National Guard as an Intelligence Analyst; scoring in the top 20th percentile on the military entrance exam. While in the Army National Guard, she was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for outstanding service as an Intelligence Analyst.
She is excited to serve the residents of the 26th district with strong leadership and a listening ear as she has had hundreds of meetings with constituents of the 26th and concerned Missouri citizens. She stand ready to serve and engage in the hard work of addressing the critical issues that are creating crises in this community, including work to expand the criminal justice system, expand voter rights, improve education in the district’s urban core with an eye on trauma-informed supportive services, and promote job development.